Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is one of the oldest sports stadiums in the world, and an icon of Australian sport. The land on which Sydney Cricket Ground sits was granted to the British Army in 1846, and was first used as a cricket ground in 1854. The New South Wales Cricket Association began regular use in the 1870s, and the state government commenced work to upgrade the facility. The first cricket test at Sydney Cricket Ground was played in 1882 between Australia and England.
The $1.6 billion Optus Stadium passed its first test with flying colours on Sunday, hosting the fifth Australia vs England one day international cricket match. Over 53,000 fans attended the game, making it the largest ever ticketed sports crowd in the state of Western Australia. The new venue is now the home of cricket and AFL football in Perth
Now that the traditional Boxing Day Test Match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is underway, those of us that live in the harbour city are beginning to look forward to the Sydney Test. The Sydney test is the 5th in the five-match series between Australia and England. While Australia has already won the “Ashes”, fans are still expected to flock to the SCG. The Sydney test is also known as the “Pink Test” in a partnership with the McGrath Foundation and raises much-needed funds to place breast cancer nurses into the community. The McGrath Foundation was formed in memory of Jane McGrath, the late wife of former Australian fast-bowler Glenn McGrath.
Raelene Castle was announced as the new CEO of Rugby Australia. In doing so she has become the first woman to head up any of the football codes in Australia, and the first female boss of any of the major rugby union national bodies in the world. Her most recent job was as CEO of the Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL. She has a monumental task in front of her with dwindling finances, backlash from the decision to jettison the Western Force, and a massive disconnect with grassroots clubs and fans.
Now that the AFL season is well and truly over, Metricon Stadium, home of the Gold Coast Suns, is being transformed in readiness for next year’s Commonwealth Games. The stadium will act as the main stadium and track and field venue for the XXI Games.
The WACA Ground (Western Australian Cricket Association) is the home of cricket in Perth, Western Australia. Officially opened in 1893, the current capacity is 20,000. Despite such a long history, with the bulk of Australia’s population residing in the eastern states, the tyranny of distance meant a long wait until the WACA became a regular host of international cricket.